I came on the NR scene around the 18-21st Feb 2016… and it became a love affair.... and then I (almost) monopolised the NR blog roll (SORRY!).
The blog was originally designed to put together some long term touring info for a short chick long term tourer on a bike not designed for touring – the KTM 390. This was because I couldn’t find enough info on other forums for this very specific topic.
After that it morphed into helping me jot down & remember the names of places visited and a reminder of the amazing locations to my, ever growing album. Eventually this has gone through many phases and it is now a moving album of a collection of thoughts, visual delights and 'the human side of NR'. It is not only about technical trouble shooting and bike upgrades and bling.
I departed the Gold Coast after 3 weeks of prep towards Melbourne. I went inland route to get to see many of the mountain alpine areas without snow, since I knew I was going to be riding back possibly smack-bang in the middle of winter and therefore wouldn’t be able to take the cold on my return journey.
I left the GC having thrown the towel in to about 90% of what I knew of 'my life'. Sometimes doesn't matter how hard you row upstream, it just isn't enough... Everything from my house, to my job, friends, people, belongings, car, possessions, health, even my identity. I was countryless and stateless.
On the 23rd March 2016, things got ‘real’ for me. The trip finally hit me when I was sitting alone with the bike along the top of Bogong Alpine Way, at Falls Gap without phone reception… The previous 4 days of riding I was all scared and stressed moving ahead, but other emotions then pushed through – elation, excitedness and awe for the land. How can there be this much beauty?
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What WAS I doing???? This was a make or break moment. When you are (literally) faced with a fork in the road. You can go back to the old life or push on to discover what you can encounter ahead. I had to physically fight the urge to turn back when later that day I saw the shape of Melb city centre engrossed in a greyish bubble, peering through a break in the vegetation looking down from Kinglake.
But I forced myself to twist that throttle and point my front wheel towards Melb and go through legal appointments with consulates to get back first and foremost my identity (at least on paper).
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I was mentally gearing myself to be self-sufficient in a big daunting city, but little did I know that it was far from the truth. Just before I arrived, the welcome carpet roll was started to be unfurled through a friendly invitation online by a gorgeous NR couple …. Ned & Bee.
That was the beautiful and heart-warming welcome that became the norm throughout my aimless travels throughout Oz, and as a testament of the Net Rider community spirit.
I am at a loss of words on how to properly and poetically extend my thanks and gratitude to each and every rider I met, and the ones that I wasn’t able but have been in contact with me through NR…
This is a roll call. Please stand up and bow. I salute you!!
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Wheres me Boike
BENNY THE JET
NEW SOUTH WHALES
OTHER NR MENTIONS (but unfortunately missed and was not about to meet)
East Coast Cruiser
The list goes on….!
I also want to show my gratitude to all those that are not on NR, who I met along the way and extended a hand and shared some awesome travel stories.
Cherryl M., John & Brownyn, Squishy, Clayton, Daniel T., Mick & Julian.
For each and every one has had a hand in giving me back a building block to a solid foundation.
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